Updated 04/13/2011 08:59 PM
Newburgh hit hard by tragedy
As part of Crime Victim's Awareness Week, people gathered in Newburgh. On many people's minds were LaShanda Armstrong and her three children that died Tuesday night after police say she drove into the Hudson River. Our Elaina Athans has more.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- The entire community has been affected by the tragedy in Newburgh.
We stopped by Armstrong's Newburgh home and spoke with neighbors who described her as a loving, kind and outgoing woman. The community has already started to create a makeshift memorial at the waterfront for Armstrong and her children.
We also spoke with LaShanda Armstrong's aunt, who says she can't understand what lead to this.
"Lovely kids, I love them to death. I did not want this to happen to them. I'd just seen them Sunday and when I'd seen them Sunday, they was fine," said Angela Gilliam.
Family members say they are not aware of any domestic problems with the father of the kids and that they had been dating since high school.
We also spoke with Armstrong's landlord who says he's been called to the apartment two times in the past year to change the locks at her request.
The Newburgh City School District says two of the victims were students at the school. Crisis intervention teams are at each of the buildings the victims attended to help fellow students and staff cope with the tragedy.
The superintendent said in a statement, "At this time, the main focus of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District is to assist our students and faculty coping with last night's tragedy. I am proud of the manner in which NECSD staff pulled together today to maintain the needs of our students during this difficult time."